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MLS: Chicago 2, Columbus 2 (tie)

July 5, 2008 at 10:53 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 5 (UPI) -- Chris Rolfe scored to end a long Chicago scoreless streak Saturday but the Fire wound up with a 2-2 tie with Columbus in Major League Soccer play.

The Fire scored first in the eighth minute when Cuauhtemoc Blanco looped a pass over the top of the Crew defense to midfielder Justin Mapp, who fired a shot off the left post. Rolfe scored on the rebound.

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Chicago doubled its lead in the 25th minute when Calen Carr drove the ball past Will Hesmer for his second goal of the season.

The Crew cut the gap to 2-1 nine minutes before the first-half break when Emmanuel Ekpo put a shot over Jon Busch from in close. The final, and tying goal, came in the 87th minute when late substitute Steven Lenhart scored.

The Crew (8-4-3) are just three points behind the league-leading New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference. Chicago (6-5-3) is nine points back of the leaders.

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